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New Mount Olive officer joins force


SWORN IN - Andrew, a young lab, is the newest officer of the Mount Olive Police Department. He specializes in drug detection and tracking. The new K-9 addition was sworn in during ceremonies at last week’s regular monthly meeting of the town board of commissioners. Shown here, front, are handler Officer Blake Turner, Andrew, and Police Chief Tommy Brown; back row, left-r, Kenny Talton and Joe Scott, and Mayor Ray McDonald, Sr. (photo by WILLIAM HOLLOMAN)
 
By William Holloman
Staff Writer


The Mount Olive Police Department has added another full-time officer to its payroll, upping the number of sworn officers to 17.

The latest addition is a recent training graduate, who earned top honors with his two law enforcement specialties—drug detection/location and tracking. He is Andrew, a one-year-old black lab, who is also a “rescue” from neighboring Duplin County. His handler is Officer Blake Turner.

Officer Turner and Andrew just completed an intensive training course, and Andrew was sworn in by Mayor Ray McDonald, Sr. during a special ceremony last week at the routine monthly meeting of the town board of commissioners.

It was apparent during the swearing in ceremony that the young lab was the “hit” of the night. He drew both attention and praises, and an “oh, look at that.” Officer Turner pinned the official police badge on the collar of his new partner.

The town manager said the young dog passed intensive training “with flying colors.” He said all the expenses of equipping the dog and the vehicle to be used was somewhere around $1,000. If the town has gone through the normal route to obtain such a trained animal as an official K-9 officer, it would have cost between $12,000 and $15,000.

Now, officials said, the department is looking for another K-9 addition trained in cadaver detection.
 
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